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Macbeth Class Notes
Weekly class notes are due online by 7 am the following Tuesday
Week of Nov. 19 - 24
The House of Tudor:
Tudor was a ruling family. Henry the 8th ruled from 1509-1547 and had six wives. They consisted of:
Catherine of Aragon- married in 1509. Together they had Mary who was Catholic, however, they divorced in 1533. But, Catholics do not approve of divorce, so Henry started The Church of England inorder to divorce Catherine.
Anne Boleyn- Together they had Elizabeth who was Protestant. Anne was executed for infidelity in 1536.
Jane Seymour- Together they had Henry's first and only son Edward who was Protestant, but when giving birth Jane died (1537).
Anne of Cleves- Henry divorced her in 1540.
Kathryn Howard- was executed for infidelity in 1542.
Katherine Parr- his last wife.
Edward the 6th was Protestant and ruled from 1547-1553.
Jane- ruled July 6- July 15 1553.
Mary- ruled from 1553-1558. They nicknamed her "Bloody Mary" because she was violent toward Protestant. Mary put together a small "army" and overthrew "Lady" Jane Grey.
Queen Elizabeth I
Ascended throne in 1558
Cultivate "Virgin Queen" image-never married
Played suitors against one another for political gain
Mature, intelligent, multilingual
excellent diplomatic skills
Maintained a Protestant state
Died in 1603
Ruled for forty five years- brought political stability to England.
Defeat the Spanish Armada
Improved: more direct trade roots---> Business thrived, English economy grew ---> More people opened businesses--->
Middle class begins to form/grow---> More people have money and leisure time to spare---> Spent it at: "The Theatre" (built 1576)
"The City" (Commercial and government center)
James Burbech- built "The Theatre" in 1576
The "Lord Chamberlage Men"- Shakspear's group of performers. They moved The Theatre accross the Themas River and named it The Globe in 1598.
The Globe Theatre
The original capacity of the theatre was 2000 people with admission between one and two pennies. The theatre contained four sections. The Musician's gallery which was located on the third floor, the Inner Sanctum which was located on the second floor, and was six to eight feet tall and served as an acting area, the Main Stage which was three to four feet tall and forty feet across, and the Heavens which was the underside of the canopy.
There were three globes.
Globe one- 1598-1613
Globe two- 1615/1616- 1642, 1644
Globe three- 1993,1997- today
Ambition- an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction
In class we made a list of ambitions. The list consisted of money, power, love, good grades, winning records, graduation, college acceptance, parking spot, positions of authority, and friendship.
exceptional person (high status)
1a. their downfall impacts many people
Cause own downfall
Tragic Flaw- personality
Good Guys (Scotland)
Bad Guys (Norway)
Thane of Cawdor
Expositioin ~ background information
Thane was captured and Macbeth would take his place.
Act 1 Scene 1:
Three old witch women appear out of a storm and make plans to meet Macbeth.
Act 1 Scene 2:
During this section Duncan, King of Scotland asks a captain for news about Scotlands battle with the Irish invaders, led by MacDonwald. The captain then goes on and tell him that the Scottish generals Macbeth and Banquo fought with courage and violence. Later on in the section the Thane of Ross tells Duncan that the Thane of Cawdor has been defeated. Therefore, Duncan orders the execution of the Thane of Cawdor, and sends messangers to inform Macbeth he has been given the title, Thane of Cawdor.
Act 1 Scene 3:
Macbeth and Banquo are on their way to the king's court at Forres and come accross the three witches. The three witches hail to Macbeth as Thane of Glamis and as Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth was bewildered when the witches said he was Thane of Cawdor as he had not yet heard the king's ruling. The witches also tell Macbeth that he will become king one day. However, when Macbeth wants more information, the witches turn their focus on Banquo. The three of them tell Banquo that he will never be king, but he will have children that will have great power. Before getting anymore information, the three witches vanish. Ross then encounters Macbeth and Banquo and tells Macbeth that the king has made him Thane of Cawdor.
Act 1 Scene 4:
Malcolm, Duncan's son, assures that the Thane of Cawdor was executed. When Macbeth, Banquo, Ross, and Angus enter the room the king announces that Malcolm will become the heir to his throne. Macbeth now knows that Malcolm stands in the way of him becoming king in the future. Macbeth now realizes that the only way he can become king, before Malcolm takes the throne, is to kill Duncan.
Act 1 Scene 5:
Lady Macbeth reads a letter sent to her from her husband which informs her on him becoming the Thane of Cawdor. The letter also tells her about the meeting he had with the three witches. He tells her his thoughts of killing Duncan. However, Lady Macbeth feels that he does not have what it takes to kill Duncan and seize the throne. When Macbeth comes to the castle, Lady Macbeth tells him that she will do what it takes to to murder Duncan.
Act 1 Scene 6:
Duncan and his attendants arrive at Inverness and Lady Macbeth welcomes them.
Act 1 Scene 7:
Macbeth is contimplating whether or not he should kill Duncan. While thinking about killing him or not, he sees that there is no reason to kill the king other than for his own ambition or gain. When he informs Lady Macbeth on his decission she is outraged and begins to question his manhood. Lady Macbeth then tells her husband that they will succeed and that she has a plan. Lady Macbeth's plan was to give the chamberlains wine to become intoxicated and while Duncan was fast asleep Macbeth would kill him. Then they would smear the blood of Duncan on the chamberlains to blame them for his murder. He then agrees to go through with the murder.
Week of Nov. 26 - 30
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Act 2 Scene 1
How does Duncan feel about Macbeth?
The King really likes Macbeth, and he sent Macbeth and his servants gifts.
What is on Macbeth's mind?
The thought of killing King Duncan and the king's son Malcolm.
What is the deal with the dagger?
Macbeth is so worked up about how he has to kill the King that he is starting to see things that aren't really there.
Allusion ~ a reference to another work (movie, book, music, etc.)
Before Duncan's murder:
Macbeth sees a floating dagger, which he tries to grab but it turns out that it is only image or 'ghost' which leads him to Duncans' room. This leads us to believe that Macbeth is a little crazy. As well as the floating dagger, Macbeth talks to the floor saying,
"Thou (sure) and firm-set earth, hear not my steps, which (way they) walk, for fear thy very stones prate of my whereabouts..."
(pg 53, lines 69-71). By this strange conversation with the floor, Macbeth means to walk quietly and so that his footsteps won't wake Duncan.
Act 2 Scene 2
Why didn't Lady Macbeth kill the King herself?
King Duncan looked like her father, so she couldn't get herself to do it.
After Duncan's murder:
When Macbeth has commited the murder of Duncan, he returns horrified. Some what paranoid, Macbeth asks Lady Macbeth if she had heard anything during the murder. She only respondes with owls and crickets; Macbeth believes that he has heard words and phrases like:
"Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep"
prayers such as
"God bless us"
"Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor shall sleep no more. Macbeth shall sleep no more"
-->Lady Macbeth doesn't hear any of this and since Macbeth hasn't slept in a while, he appears to be going crazy. And after the murder, Macbeth seems very paranoid, regretful, and he feels some guilt.
Lady Macbeth seems satisfied with the job until she learns that Macbeth did not leave the daggers behind, and doing her part, takes them back to the room. Then there is knocking on one of their doors, so Macbeth has to quickly try to wash the King's blood off his hands.
Week of 3-7
Relief after lots of negative activity
Killed the guards
Elizabethan Order of the Universe
Man - - - - King
1) Pitch Black in the middle of the day
2) Duncan's horses got out - ate each other (well trained horses)
3) Owl went after a falcon and killed it
Slide number one.
a little confusing when you tried to explain things
Not too many words on each slide
the end slide was a little weird
Slide number two.
Talked to fast
To much per slide
Voice stayed same in volume
No emotion in voice
Slide number three.
for Mr.B's slideshow (class said)
Easy to see
Sliders to hard to read
Good timing for change
Fun, entertaning, attention
Needs more contrast
Too self - depressing
Distraction from content
Easy to understand info
Comedy (not to much)
Windows/QT pop culture reference
for Mr.B's slideshow (class said)
Picture related to info
Just right(or less)
Some slides too long
Can understand without much background
More words on slides
Presented is true
Connect to contract
Remember this first
Stumbled when talking
Slide number four.
Casual converstaional is true
Don't use cliffed notes
Allusion to movie
Men, not dogs
No need to insult someone that you need something from
Pumping them up for the murder
Examples of bad things- "mongrels" Mr. B's thoughts
They are technically men according to Macbeth.
There is lots of different types of men
Murderer 1 - Has lots of problems
Murderer 2 - Wants to spite the world
they are in a position to "Get rich or die trying"
Macbeth is king of the hill now......he has to watch his back
Murderers kill Banquo by ambushing him 1 mile from Macbeth's castle where most people get off of their horses.(easier to kill him there)
Hecate is devising a plan to have Macbeth commit suicide
Spurn Fate - Denied/Rejected
Scorn Death - Disbelieved
High hopes with no regard for possible consequences.
Security against the enemies.
Self Satisfaction - Overconfident
Shakespeare is believed not to have written Act 3 Scene 5
There is a noticeable rhyme - The rhyme scheme being AABBCC
Shakespeare begins to discuss politics in Scotland at the time; Lennox comments sarcastically on Macbeth's official versions of the many recent violent deaths.
Sarcastic or Serious?
Current Events in Scotland
Week of Dec. 17 - 21
Lusty, wants sex
Very Greedy, will take land and jewels.
Has no good qualifications of a king.
-->That's okay, we've got plenty of women.
-->That's okay, we've got enough to make you happy.
-->You're right, you shouldn't be king. I give up.
Malcolm believe Macduff was sent by Macbeth to come back to Scotland so Macbeth could kill him, so Malcolm put him through a test to see if he could trust him. If Macduff finally decided to give up on trying to get Malcolm back, that would mean Macduff really wasn't sent by Macbeth. Malcolm was not anything of the things he listed. He's a virgin, barely wants anything, and has never lied about anything, except about himself right there.
Macbeth decides to send out a murderer to kill Macduff's family because he thinks Macduff went to England to get forces to over throw Macbeth. However, Macduff does not tell his wife why he is leaving, so Lady Macduff thinks he's being cowardly by leaving the family in a time of need. Ross warns Lady Macduff to leave but she replies with "Whither should I fly? I have done no harm". She believes she shouldn't have to leave because she has done nothing wrong. Right after that, murderers enter and murder Macduff's family. Ross, then, has to deliver the news to Macduff.
Lines 1 - 159
Macduff Convinces Malcolm to come back to Scotland
Lines 160 - 181
It is discussed that the king has "god- like" healing powers.
Lines 182 - 281
Ross delivers the bad news to Macduff about his family.
Malcolm encourages Macduff to use his anger to overthrow Macbeth. Macduff recruits forces from the surrounding areas to conquer Macbeth. Macduff's army camouflages themselves with branches from Birnam wood. Meanwhile, Macbeth is in his castle when women scream. He asks Seyton why and Seyton told him Lady Macbeth was killed. Macbeth simply responds with something along the lines of "Oh, it would've happened anyway". A servant enters the room and tells Macbeth that the Forest is moving closer and closer to Dunsinane Hill. Macbeth remembers the prophecies, Beware Macduff, No man born of a woman can harm you, and Don't worry until Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane Hill.
Let's look how the prophecy is being fulfilled...
Macduff kills Macbeth.
No man born of a woman can harm you
Macduff is a C-section baby.
Don't worry until Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane Hill
Macduff's army camouflaged in branches are making their way closer to Macbeth's Castle.
Macduff finds Macbeth in the castle and they begin to brawl. Macbeth is provoking the fight between then, telling Macduff to fight harder because he believes Macduff can't harm him if he's born of a woman. Soon after, Macduff announces that he was "untimely ripped" from his mother's womb, meaning he wasn't born naturally. Macbeth immediately tries to settle down the fight and reason with Macduff. Macduff slaughters him and cuts his head off. Malcolm becomes king, after all he was the rightful king after his father died.
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